Group Therapy Overview

Group Therapy Overview
Dates: May 5-26, 2017
Fridays 2:30-4pm ages 13 and up
Tuition: $75

Course Description:
This Four Session once per week 90 minute class is interactive through participant discussion, role play and video examples. Through lecture, handout and experiential exercises the participants will learn about, discuss and experience the theories of Group Therapy, primarily the T Group theory for process groups. This will afford a working knowledge of an overview of what groups are, how they work, and how to work them; and their effectiveness as a therapeutic tool.

We will explore, for each of these items, through role play and illustration, not just what they mean, but what they feel like. You will learn how to create the transformation as you experience the transformation.

There are no required readings/texts, tests, presentations, papers or other pressures required for this course. bring your curiosity, inquisitiveness, opinions and open-mindedness and let’s explore this tricky subject together: the mystery of humans.

Reference Text: (No required text purchase for course)
Yalom, I. D., & Leszcz, M.(2005). The Theory and Practice of Group Psychotherapy(5th
ed.). New York, NY: Basic Books.
Corey, G., Corey, M. S., Callahan, P., & Russell, J. M.(2004). Goup Techniques(3rd ed.).
Pacific Grove, CA: Brooks/Cole.

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Instructor:
Christopher Dennehy, LCSWR, CASAC: Licensed Psychotherapist/Clinical
Director of Child & Family Guidance Center & Addiction Services, Inc.; Step
One Clinics/Adjunct Professor for Marist College

Curriculum:
Duration: One and Half Hour Once per week for Four Weeks
Reference Text: (No required text purchase for course)
Yalom, I. D., & Leszcz, M.(2005). The Theory and Practice of Group Psychotherapy(5th
ed.). New York, NY: Basic Books.
Corey, G., Corey, M. S., Callahan, P., & Russell, J. M.(2004). Goup Techniques(3rd ed.).
Pacific Grove, CA: Brooks/Cole.

Week 1: GROUP THEORY

Through the use of lecture, video, group discussion and role play the following are presented and explored:

What is Group

Norms/Rules
How to have “anything goes” but within bounds.

Group vs. Individual Therapy
The group is made up of individuals, but it is bigger than the collection of these individuals.

What Makes a Successful Group
Sure everybody is yapping, but what makes it therapy?

How To Be a Group Member
I can yap with the best of them, so how do you participate effectively?

The Primary Necessities for Good Group

Cohesion
The “groupness” of group

Feedback
How this is different then just kickin’ it with some friends

Trust
How to recognize this and make it stick, no matter what!

Rapport
The magical, mind reading type stuff that makes you seem smarter than you really are.

Week 2: Group Structure

Group Building(building, like creating, not dwelling)

Through the use of lecture, video, group discussion and role play the following are presented and explored:

Group Stages

Initial Stage: Orientation and Exploration: FORMING
Basics of group taught and experimented with, making mistakes and rolling with it.

Transition Stage: Dealing with Resistance: STORMING & NORMING
Dealing with confrontation, direct, assertive and unnerving.

Working Stage: Cohesion and Productivity: PERFORMING
Reinforcing the new skills and the trust in the process and the group as it’s own organism.

Final Stage: Consolidation and Termination
Dealing with unfinished business, tying it all up, making sense of it, and reviewing what to do with it.

Group Roles

Rescuer
Joker
Old Pro
Monopolizer
Housekeeper
Co-Counselor
Contradictor/Rebel
Self-Righteous Moralist
Intellectual

 

Week 3: Doing GROUP

Leadership Skills

Through the use of lecture, video, group discussion and role play the following are presented and explored:

What Makes an Effective Leader

Active Listening
Reflecting
Clarifying
Summarizing
Facilitating
Empathizing
Interpreting
Questioning
Linking
Confronting
Supporting
Blocking
Diagnosing
Modeling
Suggesting
Initiating
Evaluating
Terminating

And you thought it was just listening to people share their feelings while sitting in a circle.

Guidelines for Creating Therapeutic Relationships with Members

Positive Involvement
Self Disclosure
Effective Role Modeling
Active Participation
Corrective Feedback

 

Week 4: Deep Stuff

Verbal v Nonverbal (battle of witnessing)

Through the use of lecture, video, group discussion and role play the following are presented and explored:

Verbal Cues

Tone
Pronouns
a. Kinesthetic
b. Visual
c. Auditory
Mumbling
Volume
B.S. vs. Honesty
Leaking
Shoulding All Over Yourself
Changes in Verbal Expression

Non-Verbal Cues

Eye Contact
Body Language
Energy Shift
Shifty or Settled
Where Folks Sit and How
Changing It Up

Relationship as Metaphor

Interpersonal Contact
Role Dispersion
Projection
Deflection
Identifying